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Cat Power has announced a new album of cover songs. Covers is out January 14 via Domino. Chan Marshall’s shared a version of Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange single “Bad Religion,” plus a cover of the Pogues’ “A Pair of Brown Eyes” from the record, and also performed “Bad Religion” last night on The Late Late Show With James Corden.

The album features covers of songs by Iggy Pop, Bob Seger, Dead Man’s Bones (Ryan Gosling’s band), Jackson Browne, the Replacements, Nick Cave, Billie Holiday, and more. As stated in the Instagram announcement, it's an album "to chase away your winter blues".

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01 Bad Religion
02 Unhate
03 Pa Pa Power
04 White Mustang
05 A Pair Of Brown Eyes
06 Against the Wind
07 Endless Sea
08 These Days
09 It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels
10 I Had a Dream Joe
11 Here Comes A Regular
12 I'll Be Seeing You

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01 You Got The Silver (Stereo)
02 You Got The Silver (Mono)

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A Pair Of Brown Eyes (Audio)

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Bad Religion (Live on The Late Late Show with James Corden)

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Covers and the covered

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On Covers, Marshall reaches back to songs that have affected her from childhood to the present, connecting each with a deeply personal memory. She recalls her grandmother’s love for Billie Holiday’s “I’ll Be Seeing You” and finding a box of cassettes as a teenager that led her to discovering Kitty Wells’ “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels.” She remembers getting chills hearing Iggy Pop’s “Endless Sea” in the 1986 Michael Hutchence film Dogs in Space and being a broke artist in her twenties in New York City spending her last dollar to play The Replacements’ “Here Comes a Regular” on the jukebox at Mona’s. She recorded The Pogues’ “A Pair of Brown Eyes,” which she calls one of her favorite songs of all time, after it reminded her of one friend who passed from cancer and turned to Bob Seger’s “Against the Wind” to help her heal from the loss of another.

Alongside covers of rock-and-roll icons from Nico ("These Days") to Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds ("I Had a Dream Joe"), Marshall brings her inimitable vocal power and elegant arrangements to songs by contemporary artists, capturing the defiance of Dead Man’s Bones’ “Pa Pa Power” and the dreaminess of Lana Del Rey’s “White Mustang.” And the album opens with a dazzling cover of Frank Ocean’s “Bad Religion,” of which she says, “I believe in whatever God is called… But I think that the wretched men that have come in history to implement horror on humanity in the name of these religions is something that should be looked at universally.”

Finally, Covers finds Marshall, an artist of constant evolution, reworking “Hate,” a song from her 2006 LP The Greatest on which she sang “I hate myself and I want to die.” Marshall says she has always felt “antsy” about the track and reimagined it as “Unhate,” a new version that looks back on the raw devastation of the original track in the rearview. “We all have bad days,” she says. “We all have shit, trauma, something. There are times when you feel like that. But I needed to make it right.”

As bonus tracks from the Exclusive LP Bundle, Marshall covers The Rolling Stones "You Got The Silver" (both in Stereo and Mo) in a 7" separated vinyl.

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